I've always thought that bloggers have a memory problem (and should use wikis more). Today, Atlassian announced integration with Microsoft Sharepoint. Smart people like Dan Farber, Don Dodge, Richard MacManus, Dennis Howlett, James Governor and Robert Scoble are eating up the press release as though a man bit a dog. But a year ago, Socialtext launched SocialPoint, providing best-of-breed wiki integration with Sharepoint.
Howlett went so far to say today "SocialText, once the poster child for enterprise wiki suddenly looks like an also ran." Now, really, who is the "also ran" here? Just kidding, but it is worth talking to me before labeling my company, and not that hard.
I should commend not only Atlassian, but our partner Newsgator for taking the step to integrate with Sharepoint. Two weeks ago I was the one outside vendor to speak at the Microsoft Global CIO Summit. Regrettably the event was off the record, but it is more than obvious that Sharepoint plays a vital role in IT strategy for these customers.
Today I'm having the pleasure of an all hands company retreat. One of the threads of conversation is how part of changing the world means adapting to it. You can do this from a position of leadership, but it begins with understanding what you are working with today and a little bit of history. As George Bernard Shaw said, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."